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Urban Land Institute Discusses Haywood Road

On March 17th, I participated in a ULI (Urban Land Institute) meeting in Greenville, S.C. The session was led by Joe Pazdan, AIA of McMillan Pazdan Smith, and the topic of the discussion was the Haywood Road Master Plan. About 100 people attended.

Dan Roberts, AIA (Clark Patterson & Lee) and I made a presentation on the master plan process and recommendations. It was a special day for Dan, since he is Irish, and the session was held on St. Patrick’s Day. However, no green beer was available.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion. The panel consisted of Kevin McOmber (Clark Patterson & Lee), Jeannine Bowers (Duke Energy), Nancy Whitworth (City of Greenville), Michael McNicholas (Carolina Holdings) and Gaye Sprague (Sprague & Sprague Consulting Engineers). Bill Misiaveg of Carolina Holdings was the moderator.

Urban Edge Studio and the Greenville office of SW+A were on the design team for the project, led by Clark Patterson & Lee. About a year or so ago we facilitated a week-long charrette held in a vacant storefront in the study area that was very well received and attended.

The solution involves marketing the area as Greenville, S.C’s  “Uptown” and guiding the suburban redevelopment through a hybrid form-based code. Some of the first initiatives include a signage program, a model intersection improvement, and placing utilities underground in what amounts to a “pilot project” between the City and Duke Power. My part of the presentation focused on the form-based code aspect of the project and the important of getting the streets right – and knitting the street network back together.

Even in this economy, the general mood in the session was very positive concerning the future of the Haywood Road area. While the mall is aging but strong, everyone realizes that could change in the future and they need a good “road map” for how the area evolves. After all, there is an entire Web site devoted to dead malls and everyone in retail knows malls are not the way of the future.

Haley, Russ and I enjoyed leading the charrette effort and planning process and are thrilled that the city of Greenville is moving forward as quickly as they are with some of the early initiatives. Greenville does not mess around when things need to be done! We see a great future for Greenville’s Uptown!

Bill Eubanks, FASLA

Stuart Whiteside Interviews with SC Business Review


Stuart Whiteside

Stuart Whiteside

Stuart Whiteside, Vice President of Seamon Whiteside + Associates was chosen to interview with Mike Switzer, host of South Carolina Business Review; a radio program on SC ETV Radio.The interview was broadcast on Thursday, September 4, 2008.

Stuart spoke with Mike about SW+A’s role in the sustainable design movement and how green design practices are carried out in civil engineering and landscape architecture. Seamon Whiteside + Associates is proud to say that we have LEED accredited professionals in both our civil engineering and landscape architecture departments. As the green design movement has found its place in South Carolina development, SW+A has undertaken a program of continuing education and participation in organizations that support sustainable design practices.

In the area of civil engineering, a visible and successful way to incorporate green design into land development is to integrate low impact stormwater management design. Low impact stormwater management such as using vegetated swales to capture and naturally filter stormwater runoff is a responsible and effective way to handle stormwater and reduce possible groundwater pollutants. Creative engineering solutions work to blend the desired environmental safeguards with the goals of the development and do so in a cost conscious manner.

The same is true for the sustainable approach to landscape architectural design. Using native and drought resistant plants, adding trees and shrubs specifically into areas such as parking lots, and street medians to reduce heat islands and therefore the need for extensive irrigation, and incorporating stormwater runoff as natural irrigation are ways that landscape architecture works to reduce environmental impacts and incorporate sustainability into the design.

Stuart also discussed the movement to look at urban planning from a regional standpoint instead of through a hodgepodge of neighborhood, city/town and municipal regulations that often are in opposition to one another. Together with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Stuart and other members of the land design community are working with the Charleston area regulatory commissions to align planning guidelines into a regional view. The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments has a program, Our Region, Our Plan that focuses on this method of urban planning. More information about the movement to plan regionally is available these organizations websites.

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